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Violence Against Women, Children Discussed In Nadi

Efforts to tackle violence against children in the Pacific have seen 30 delegates attending a three-day conference at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa in Denarau, Nadi. It was opened
19 May 2015 09:09
Violence Against Women, Children Discussed In Nadi
President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau (right), with UNICEF special representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children, Marta Santos Pais at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa in Nadi yesterday. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Efforts to tackle violence against children in the Pacific have seen 30 delegates attending a three-day conference at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa in Denarau, Nadi.

It was opened by the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau yesterday.

“This is the key outcome for this regional forum and a well overdue wake-up call,” Ratu Epeli said in his speech.

“Every child has the right to survive and be protected from all forms of violence yet thousands of children around the Pacific have either experienced or witnessed some form of violence,” he said.

He said that children were protected by law against violence, hence the need to strengthen violence eradication policies.

“Children of the Pacific cannot wait to be freed from violence. Wherever they are, you are all given the opportunity now to make a difference,” he said.

Ratu Epeli said Government, led by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, aimed to eliminate violence against women and children.

Its mandate is to fortify a zero-tolerance on violence against women and children.

“Our target to end abuse, exploitation and trafficking and all forms of torture against children to develop are likely to be included in the post 2015 development agenda,” he said.

Special representative of the UNICEF Secretary-General on Violence Against Children, Marta Santos Pais highlighted the importance of presenting various visions to tap into violence prevention measures.

“This conference presents us with a unique opportunity to reflect together on how we can best prevent and address violence against children,” she said.

Ms Pais said smart and strong legislation was needed to be in place to create efficient family welfare systems.

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